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Gas prices rise ahead of holidays

Thursday - 4/5/2012, 5:58am  ET

gas graphic (WTOP/John Meyer)
WTOP is tracking gas prices from from 2011 to 2012. (WTOP/John Meyer)

WASHINGTON - Just ahead of the holidays, gas prices continue to rise.

The latest WTOP Pain in the Gas survey shows in the past week the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular is up 4 cents to $4.11. Compared to the same week a year ago, gas prices increased 29 cents.

In the last week, mid-grade jumped 3 cents to $4.29 a gallon. Premium rose 4 cents to $4.41 a gallon. Diesel prices reached $4.23 a gallon, up 3 cents.

The average for unleaded regular fuel this week is cheapest in Maryland, where regular is $4.04 a gallon, which compares to $4.06 a gallon in Virginia and $4.22 a gallon in the District.

On April 7, 2011, WTOP's gas survey found a gallon of regular unleaded to be $3.82 a gallon. Mid-grade rose 14 cents to $4.02 a gallon, while premium increased 11 cents to $4.12 a gallon.

Regional averages on April 5, 2012

Regular: $4.11
Mid-Grade: $4.29
Premium: $4.41
Diesel: $4.23

D.C. Averages

Regular: $4.22
Mid-Grade: $4.38
Premium: $4.51
Diesel: $4.28

Maryland Average

Regular: $4.04
Mid-Grade: $4.25
Premium: $4.36
Diesel: $4.24

Virginia Average: Regular: $4.06

Mid-Grade: $4.24
Premium: $4.35
Diesel: $4.19

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